Maize Valley Winery
Maize Valley Winery
Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery offers a wide variety of experiences - wines ranging from sweet to dry, beer from light to dark, light appetizers to sophisticated five course meals, shopping our market full of homegrown produce, delectable meats and cheeses, mouth watering sauces & condiments, fresh baked breads, live music, special events, and outdoor fall family fun.
Located near historic Hartville, Ohio.
- At Maize Valley, We Make Great Wine & Beer . . .FUN!
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The current farm was started by Kay & Donna Vaughan in the 1960’s and has undergone many transformations through the years. Originally they were hog farmers and grain farmers with more than 3,000 acres of various crops including their well known “super-sweet” corn, soybeans and wheat – in addition to milking 130 dairy cattle. Maize Valley Farm Market was started in the mid 1990’s by Kay and Donna’s daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Bill, as a seasonal produce stand that also had a corn maze in the fall. By November of 2000, the family knew it was time to expand and purchased a 140 year old barn located on an adjacent property. The barn was the former home to an assortment of cows, pigs, horses and chickens. Underneath layers of paint and whitewash, the family discovered gorgeous hand hewn beams and original cut stone wall.
Renovations commenced immediately and in six months the new market was ready to open. This remodeled barn is a wonderful blend of rustic charm and modern convenience. The original hand hewn beams have been cleaned and sealed to restore their natural beauty. The cut stone wall still runs the length of the building and adds an elegance that cannot be imitated. On June 30, 2001, the new and expanded Maize Valley Farm Market opened for business with an in house bakery, sliced to order deli, home-grown produce and gourmet food items. At the same time, their fall agri-tourism enterprise started to grow and today includes an 8-acre corn maze, wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin cannon that will launch a pumpkin ½ mile in the air, pig races, duck races, a kids play area and so much more. By 2005, Michelle’s brother, Todd, had returned from college to join the business and had in interest in winemaking. Maize Valley wines were quickly winning medals at wine competitions across the country.
Kay & Donna Vaughan are the original founders of Maize Valley in the 1960’s. Back then, the farm was predominantly a cash grain business, but there were also some hogs & beef cattle in the mix. Kay & Donna were both teaching school full time, while they farmed and raised their family. The three kids, Steve, Michelle, & Todd learned early in life what it meant to work long, hard hours. The farm grew and thrived and eventually both Kay & Donna retired from teaching to devote themselves to the farm full time.
While they are both long past the age of “slowing down”, Kay continues to manage the day to day farming operations growing over 700 acres of fruits, vegetables, hay, soybeans & wheat. Donna is the first person at the market and winery every morning and is in charge of accounts payable and makes all of the delicious fudge that Maize Valley sells.
Kay & Donna’s daughter Michelle and her husband Bill, joined the farm business in 1985 after graduating from Ohio State University. Bill the self described “fun tsar” of Maize Valley is the creative genius behind the corn maze and all the outside activities that Maize Valley opens to the public every fall. He also is in charge of all outside maintenance, grounds keeping, and helps Kay with growing of the many crops.
Michelle shares the duties of managing the day to day operations of the market and winery – ordering inventory, planning events & managing staff.
Kay & Donna’s son Todd, joined Maize Valley after graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Plant Pathology. He is the winemaker and also oversees the vineyard. He and Michelle plan to share duties in the new brewery – set to open in the fall of 2014.
Scott Mann joined Maize Valley in 2009. He brings many years of retail experience to the business and is in charge of staff management & training, wholesale wine, & is the market manager.
All of the key people at Maize Valley wear many hats – jobs and job descriptions change almost daily depending on the needs of the business. Without the hard efforts of these people, Maize Valley would not be the growing success that it is today.